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Cultural tourism market: a perspective paper

Bob McKercher (School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 7 January 2020

Issue publication date: 20 February 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to discuss the evolution of the cultural tourism market and what its future may be.

Design/methodology/approach

Instead of seeing the cultural tourism market as homogeneous, a segmentation model was developed based on the centrality of culture in the overall decision to travel and the depth of experience sought.

Findings

The model verified five segments, including: the purposeful cultural tourist, the sightseeing cultural tourist, the serendipitous cultural tourist, the casual cultural tourist and the incidental cultural tourist.

Originality/value

This framework has transformed how we think about cultural tourists, as it provides a better understanding of the differences in behavior and preferences for certain types of experiences. It is also a tool to develop more effective marketing communication strategies and serves as the basis to evaluate the market significance of this activity.

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Citation

McKercher, B. (2020), "Cultural tourism market: a perspective paper", Tourism Review, Vol. 75 No. 1, pp. 126-129. https://doi.org/10.1108/TR-03-2019-0096

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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